The Enemy’s Plot
1 Now when° it was reported° to Sanballat°, Tobiah°, to Geshem° the Arab° and to the rest° of our enemies° that I had rebuilt° the wall°, and [that] no° breach° remained° in it, aalthough° at that time° I had not set° up the doors° in the gates°, 2 then Sanballat° and Geshem° sent° [a message] to me, saying°, “Come°, let us meet° together° at IChephirim° in the plain° of aOno°.” But they were planning° to IIharm° me. 3 So I sent° messengers° to them, saying°, “I am doing° a great° work° and I cannot°° come° down°. Why° should the work° stop° while° I leave° it and come° down° to you?” 4 They sent° [messages] to me four° times° in this° manner°, and I answered° them in the same° way°. 5 Then Sanballat° sent° his servant° to me in the same° manner° a fifth° time° with an open° letter° in his hand°. 6 In it was written°, “It is reported° among the nations°, and IGashmu° says°, that ayou and the Jews° are planning° to rebel°; therefore°° you are rebuilding° the wall°. And you are to be their king°, according to these° reports°. 7 You have also° appointed° prophets° to proclaim° in Jerusalem° concerning° Iyou, ‘A king° is in Judah°!’ And now° it will be reported° to the king° according to these° reports°. So come° now°, let us take° counsel° together°.” 8 Then I sent° [a message] to him saying°, “Such° things° as you are saying° have not been° done°, but you are ainventing° them Iin your own mind°.” 9 For all° of them were [trying] to frighten° us, Ithinking°, “IIThey will become°° discouraged°° with the work° and it will not be done°.” But now°, a[O God], strengthen° my hands°.
 aNe 3:1, 3
 IAnother reading is, one of the villages IILit do evil to me a1Ch 8:12
 IIn v 1 and elsewhere, Geshem aNe 2:19
 ILit you, saying
 ILit from your heart aJb 13:4; Ps 52:2
 ILit saying, IILit Their hands will drop from aPs 138:3
10 ¶ When I entered° the house° of Shemaiah° the son° of Delaiah°, son° of Mehetabel°, awho° was Iconfined° at home, he said°, “Let us meet° together° in the house° of God°, within° the temple°, and let us close° the doors° of the temple°, for they are coming° to kill° you, and they are coming° to kill° you at night°.” 11 But I said°, “aShould a man° like° me flee°? And could one such° as I go° into the temple° Ito save° his life°? I will not go° in.” 12 Then I perceived° Ithat surely° God° had not sent° him, but he uttered° [his] prophecy° against° me because Tobiah° and Sanballat° had hired° him. 13 He was hired° for this° reason°, athat I might become° frightened° and act° accordingly° and sin°, so that they might have° an evil° report° in order° that they could reproach° me. 14 aRemember°, O my God°, Tobiah° and Sanballat° according to these° works° of theirs, and also° Noadiah° bthe prophetess° and the rest° of the prophets° who° were [trying] to frighten° me.
 ILit shut up aJr 36:5
 ILit and live aPv 28:1
 ILit and behold God
 aNe 6:6
 aNe 13:29 bEzk 13:17
The Wall Is Finished
15 ¶ So athe wall° was completed° on the twenty-fifth°° of [the month] Elul°, in fifty-two° days°. 16 aWhen° all° our enemies° heard° [of it], and all° the nations° surrounding° us saw° [it], they Ilost° their confidence°; for bthey recognized° that this° work° had been accomplished° IIwith the help°° of our God°. 17 Also° in those° days° many° letters° went° from the nobles° of Judah° to Tobiah°, and Tobiah’s° [letters] came° to them. 18 For many° in Judah° were bound° by oath° to him because° he was the son-in-law° of Shecaniah° the son° of Arah°, and his son° Jehohanan° had married° the daughter° of Meshullam° the son° of Berechiah°. 19 Moreover°, they were speaking° about his good° deeds° in my presence° and reported° my words° to him. Then Tobiah° sent° letters° to frighten° me.
 aNe 4:1, 2
 ILit fell exceedingly in their own eyes IILit from our God aNe 2:10; 4:1, 7 bEx 14:25
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Sanballat practiseth by craft, by rumours, by hired prophecies, to terrify Nehemiah.
1 ¶ Now it came to pass,² when² Sanballat,º and Tobiah,º and Geshemº the Arabian,º and the restº of our enemies,ºª heardºª that² I had buildedºª² the wall,º and [that] there was no² breachº leftºª therein; (thoughº¹ at² that² timeº I had not² set upºª the doorsº upon the gates;)º 2 That Sanballatº and Geshemº sentºª unto² me, saying,ºª Come,¹ª² let us meetºª togetherº in [some one of] the villagesº in the plainº of Ono.º But they² thoughtºª to doºª me mischief.º 3 And I sentºª messengersº unto² them, saying,ºª I² [am] doingºª a greatº work,º so that I cannotºª² come down:ºª why² should the workº cease,ºª whilstº I leaveºª it, and come downºª to² you? 4 Yet they sentºª unto² me fourº timesº after this² sort;º and I answeredºª them after the same² manner.º 5 Then sentºª Sanballatº² his servantº unto² me in like² mannerº the fifthº timeº with an openºª letterº in his hand;º 6 Wherein [was] written,ºª It is reportedºª among the heathen,º and Gashmuº saithºª [it, that] thou² and the Jewsº thinkºª to rebel:ºª for² which causeº thou² buildestºª the wall,º that thou² mayest beºª their king,º according to these² words.º 7 And thou hast also² appointedºª prophetsº to preachºª of² thee at Jerusalem,º saying,ºª [There is] a kingº in Judah:º and now² shall it be reportedºª to the kingº according to these² words.º Come¹ª² now² therefore, and let us take counselºª together.º 8 Then I sentºª unto² him, saying,ºª There areºª no² such² thingsº done¹ª as² thou² sayest,ºª but² thou² feignestºª them out of thine own heart.º² 9 For² they all² made us afraid,ºª² saying,ºª Their handsº shall be weakenedºª from² the work,º that it be not² done.ºª Now² therefore, [O God], strengthenºª² my hands.º 10 Afterward I² cameºª unto the houseº of Shemaiahº the sonº of Delaiahº the sonº of Mehetabeel,º who² [was] shut up;ºª and he said,ºª Let us meet togetherºª in² the houseº of God,º withinº² the temple,º and let us shutºª the doorsº of the temple:º for² they will comeºª to slayºª thee; yea, in the nightº will they comeºª to slayºª thee. 11 And I said,ºª Should such¹ a man¹ as I²² flee?ºª and who² [is there], that,² [being] as I² [am], would goºª into² the templeº to save his life?ºª I will not² go in.ºª 12 And, lo,² I perceivedºª that Godº had not² sentºª him; but² that he pronouncedºª this prophecyº against² me: for Tobiahº and Sanballatº had hiredºª him. 13 Therefore² [was] he² hired,ºª that² I should be afraid,ºª and do² so,¹ª² and sin,ºª and [that] they might have² [matter] for an evilº report,º that² they might reproachºª me. 14 My God,º thinkºª thou upon Tobiahº and Sanballatº according to these² their works,º and² on the prophetessº Noadiah,º and the restº of the prophets,º that² would have² put me in fear.ºª
 Ne 2:10, 19; 3:1, 3, 6; 4:1, 6, 7; 6:6; Dn 9:25.
 2S 3:27; 20:9; 1Ch 8:12; Ne 11:35; Ps 12:2; 37:12, 32; Pv 26:24; Ec 4:4; Jr 41:2; Ezk 33:31; Mi 7:4; Lk 20:19.
 Pv 14:15; Ec 9:10; Mt 10:16; Lk 14:30; Jn 9:4; 1Ti 4:15.
 Jg 16:6, 10, 15; Pv 7:21; 14:15; Lk 18:5; 1Co 15:58; Ga 2:5.
 2K 18:26; 2Co 2:11; 11:13; Ep 6:11; 2Th 2:10.
 Ezr 4:12, 15; Ne 2:19; 6:1; Jr 9:3; 20:10; Mt 5:11; Lk 23:2; Jn 19:13; Ro 3:8; 2Co 6:8; 1P 2:12; 3:16.
 2S 15:10; 1K 1:7, 18, 25, 34; Ne 6:12; Pv 26:24; Ac 23:15.
 Jb 13:4; Ps 36:3; 38:12; 52:2; Is 59:4; Dn 11:27; Mt 12:34; Jn 8:44; Ac 24:12; 25:7, 10.
 1S 30:6; 2Ch 15:7; 32:18; Ezr 4:1; Ne 4:10; 6:14; Ps 56:3; 68:35; 71:1; 138:3; Is 35:3; 41:10; Jr 38:4; Zc 10:12; 2Co 12:9; Ep 3:16; 6:10; Php 4:13; He 12:12; 1P 5:10.
 1K 6:5; 2K 9:8; 11:3; 2Ch 28:24; 29:3, 7; Ezr 8:16; 10:31; Ne 6:12; Jb 24:13; Ps 12:2; 37:12; 120:2; Pv 11:9; Jr 36:5; Ezk 3:24; Mal 1:10; Mt 7:15; Jn 3:20; Ac 21:30.
 Nu 32:7; 1S 19:5; Ne 6:3, 9; Jb 4:3; Ps 11:1; 112:6, 8; Pv 28:1; Ec 10:1; Is 10:18; Lk 13:31; Ac 8:1; 20:24; 21:13; Php 2:17, 30; He 11:27.
 Is 56:11; Jr 14:14; 23:16, 25; 28:15; Ezk 13:7, 19, 22; Mi 3:11; Ac 20:33; 1Co 2:15; 12:10; 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 18:13.
 Ne 6:6; Pv 22:1; 29:5; Ec 7:1; Is 51:7, 12; 57:11; Jr 1:17; 18:18; 20:10; Ezk 2:6; 13:17; Dn 6:4; Mt 10:28; 22:15; 26:59; Ac 6:13; 2Co 11:12; 1Ti 5:14; 2Ti 1:7; Tit 2:8; Jm 4:17; Rv 21:8.
 1K 22:22; Ne 4:4; 5:19; 13:29; Ps 22:1; 36:11; 63:1; 140:5; Is 9:14; Jr 11:20; 14:15, 18; 18:20; 28:1, 10, 15; Ezk 13:16; Mt 7:15; 24:11, 24; 2Ti 3:8; 4:14; 1Jn 5:16; Rv 19:20.
The work is finished to the terror of the enemies.
15 ¶ So the wallº was finishedºª in the twentyº and fifthº [day] of [the month] Elul,º in fiftyº and twoº days.º 16 And it came to pass,² that when² all² our enemiesºª heardºª [thereof], and all² the heathenº that² [were] about² us¹ sawºª [these things], they were muchº cast downºª in their own eyes:º for they perceivedºª that² this² workº was wroughtºª of²² our God.º
 Ezr 6:15; Ne 4:1; Ps 1:3; Dn 9:25.
 Ex 14:25; Nu 23:23; Jsh 5:1; Ne 2:10; 4:1, 7; 6:1; Ps 126:2; Ac 5:38.
Secret intelligence passeth between the enemies and the nobles of Judah.
17 ¶ Moreover² in those² daysº the noblesº of Judahº sentºª manyºª lettersº unto² Tobiah,º and [the letters] of Tobiahº cameºª unto² them. 18 For² [there were] manyº in Judahº swornºº unto him, because² he² [was] the son in lawº of Shechaniahº the sonº of Arah;º and his sonº Johananº had takenºª² the daughterº of Meshullamº the sonº of Berechiah.º 19 Also² they reportedºª² his good deedsº beforeº me, and utteredºª² my wordsº to him. [And] Tobiahº sentºª lettersº to put me in fear.ºª
 Ne 3:5; 5:7; 13:28; Mi 7:1; Mt 24:10.
 Ezr 2:5; Ne 3:4, 30; 7:10.
 Ne 6:9, 13; Pv 28:4; Is 37:10; Jn 7:7; 15:19; Ac 4:18; 1Jn 4:5.
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